What does Ctrl+X do?

The Ctrl+X (Control+X and C-x, ^x) keyboard shortcut is used for cutting or removing selected content across many programs and operating systems.

Understanding what Ctrl+X does in different contexts can help you more efficiently edit, organize, and manage your work.

How to use the Ctrl+X keyboard shortcut?

The Ctrl+X shortcut is executed by holding down the Control (Ctrl) key and pressing X. Typically, you would first select the content you want to cut or remove, then press Ctrl+X to cut or remove it and temporarily store it on your clipboard. You can then paste the cut content elsewhere by pressing Ctrl+V.

Note: If you’ve accidentally cut something, simply hit Ctrl+Z to reverse your most recent action and bring back the object.

Ctrl+X in Internet browsers

In Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers, Ctrl+X doesn’t have any default function when browsing web pages. However, when filling out web forms, Ctrl+X may cut highlighted form text.

Ctrl+X in Microsoft Excel

In Excel spreadsheets, Ctrl+X cuts the selected cell, row, or column, removing it from the spreadsheet while saving it to paste elsewhere. This moves the content instead of only copying it.

Excel Shortcut keys

Ctrl+X in Microsoft Word

In Word documents, Ctrl+X removes selected text, putting it on the clipboard to paste later. This cuts rather than copying text.

MS Word Shortcut keys

Ctrl+X in Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint presentations also use Ctrl+X to cut selected text boxes, images, or other objects, handy for rearranging slides.

PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl+X in Google Docs

Like Word, Docs cuts highlighted text with Ctrl+X for removal and temporary storage while editing documents.

Google Docs Shortcuts

Ctrl+X in Figma

In the Figma interface design tool, Ctrl+X cuts selected frames, shapes, or objects to organize prototypes and graphics.

Figma Keyboard Shortcuts

What to do when Ctrl+X doesn’t work?

If Ctrl+X has no effect or isn’t cutting items as expected, try ensuring content is highlighted before pressing the keys. Check that the Caps Lock key is not enabled, as that may disable shortcut keys. If Ctrl+X still does nothing, search your program or operating system’s keyboard shortcuts to ensure Ctrl+X is assigned and functioning.

Related Keyboard Shortcuts:

Ctrl + Shift + F5
Ctrl + =
Ctrl + F4
Ctrl + 0


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